Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Youth Ministries

The Bachelor of Science in Bible and Theology and Youth Ministries is a four-year program designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the Bible and equip them for effective ministry to youth. The program includes intensive study in three academic areas: Bible/theology, general education, and educational ministries, specifically youth ministries.

Program Director: Jeffrey D. Riley

Program Mission

It is our purpose that students are adequately prepared for productive, innovative and Christ centered ministry to adolescents and their families in a variety of professional and ministry contexts.

Program Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible/Theology outcomes the student will acquire proficiency in the following ministry areas:

  1. Personal Christian Character: Demonstrate servant leadership by consistent modeling of Christ-like behavior through personal devotion, obedience and life style.
  2. Intentional Christian Integration: Effectively integrate the Bible and systematic theology with ministry to youth and their families.
  3. Philosophy of Christian Education: Design a ministry plan based on a Christian worldview through the redemptive theme in the biblical and the historical development of the Church
  4. Components of Youth Ministry: Interact with the key pieces of the youth ministry environment in the areas of church, family and community for spiritual growth in adolescents.
  5. Methodology of Youth Ministry: Demonstrate skill in the various teaching techniques and methodologies of youth ministry.
  6. Culture of Modern Youth: Explore the impact of technology, adolescent sociology and secular worldviews in relation to the spiritual development of youth.
  7. Pastoral Orientation to Youth Ministry: Promote faith ownership and leadership in adolescents through evangelism and discipleship through intentional guidance and informed counseling.
  8. Leadership and Administration: Synthesize a comprehensive plan for youth ministry through the major organizational management components.
  9. Professional Development: Recognize the ethical, ministerial, and professional challenges of working with minors and the value of ongoing training.
  10. Ministry and Vocational Opportunities: Engage in full time ministry or volunteer leadership roles in a variety of youth ministry contexts with teaching, pastoral and leadership qualities.
Program Admission Requirements:
  1. Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Prior to the sophomore year, declare a major in Bible/Theology and Youth Ministries.
  3. At the beginning of the sophomore year, apply for entrance into the Youth Ministries program. The application procedure includes completion of a formal application and a reference form from a church leader at the student’s home church. After the application has been received, the Educational Ministries faculty will review it. Their decision will be delivered to the student by means of a formal letter.
  4. During the fall semester of the junior year, make application for the Youth Ministries internship program.
  5. Pay all applicable fees for this major as determined by the Business office and published in the annual statement of fees.
Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Youth Ministries Requirements:
  1. Complete a minimum of 128 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 60 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
  • Bible/Theology (42 credits)
    • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
    • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
    • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
    • Christian Life and Worldview (BT 111)
    • Biblical Discipleship (BT 116)
    • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
    • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
    • Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
    • Theology: God, Creation, and Sin (BT 221)
    • Theology: Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (BT 321)
    • Theology: The Church and Final Things (BT 331)
    • Applied Theology (BT 462)
    • Biblical Theology Elective
    • Bible/Theology Elective*
    • Chapel (CCS 110)
    • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
  • Educational Ministries (3 credits)
    • Teaching Bible** (EM 321)
  • Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
    • Missions and Evangelism 1* (ICS 104)
  • Youth Ministries (44 credits)
    • Educational Ministries (EM 106)
    • Educational Ministries Freshman Field Studies (EM 140)
    • Teaching Bible (EM 221)
    • Educational Ministries Sophomore Field Studies (EM 240)
    • Small Group Communication (EM 320)
    • Educational Ministries Junior Field Studies (EM 340)
    • Administration and Leadership (EM 350)
    • Educational Program of the Church (EM 410)
    • Foundations of Youth Ministry (EM 206)
    • A/V and Technology (EM 230)
    • Youth Culture and Challenges (EM 310)
    • Principles and Methods of Youth Ministry (EM 315)
    • Ethics and Issues in Youth Ministry (EM 380)
    • Youth Ministries Internship (EM 497) 
    • Educational Ministries Electives
  • General Studies (36 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
    • Counseling Foundations (COU 121)
    • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
    • English Composition (ENG 101)
    • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
    • Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
    • Senior Seminar (FND 410)
    • Western Civilization (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 (HIS 235)
    • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
    • Apologetics (PH 350)
    • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111)
    • Biological Science and Lab (SCI 245)
    • Marriage and Family Life (SOC 109)

*must be a Bible book study
**meets Bible-Related requirement

Award: Bachelor of Science

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